The volume The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry features 100 photographs by Thomas Annan of well-known places in the neighbourhoods of Glasgow, with descriptive notices of the houses and their families. It was published by James Maclehose of Glasgow in 1870. It was limited to 120 copies.
Annan served his apprenticeship in Cupar, before moving to Glasgow. After gaining the patent rights to the photogravure process, he established himself in a photographic studio in Sauchiehall Street during 1857. First interested largely in architectural photography and then portraits, in 1866 Annan was commissioned by the Glasgow City Improvement Trust to photograph slum areas, resulting in his most famous collection the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow.
Our copy of the Old Country Houses came to us from the library of Alexander Crum of Thornliebank (1828-1893), MP for Renfrewshire, as evidenced by his bookplate to the front.